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Only the 1st Tractatus of t. 1 has general title. The other parts have individual t.p.'s: Tractatus secundus, De natvrae simia seu technica macrocosmi historia. Oppenheimio : Aere Iohan-Theodori de Bry : Typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1618; Tomvs secvndvs De svpernatvrali, naturali, praeternaturali et contranaturali microcosmi historia, in tractatus tres distributa. Oppenhemij : Impensis Iohannis Theodori de Bry : Typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1619; Tomi secvndi, tractatus primi, sectio secunda, De...
Topics: Cosmology, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music theory, Drawing, Military art and science, Astrology,...
Binding: vellum; armorial bookplate of the princes of Liechtenstein (Ex Libris Liechtensteinianis) on front pastedown
Topic: Alchemy
Library's copy lacks final blank leaf present in other copies
Topics: Alchemy, Canons, fugues, etc. (Voices), Part songs, Latin, Emblems, Alchemy, Canons, fugues, etc....
Brief extracts in Latin from writers on alchemy, with commentary in German. Based on Reusner's Pandora of 1582. See Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Imprint varies. Vol. 2: London : Printed for Henry Brome, 1663. Vol. 3: London : Printed by J.C. for R. Broom, at the signe of the Gun in Ivy-Lane, 1663
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Imprint from colophon
Topics: Materia medica, Alchemy, Medicine
First published by Luca Jennis (Frankfort, 1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
In three parts
Topics: Chemistry, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Materia medica
"Philosophical and chymical experiments of the famous philosopher Raymund Lully", p. [97]-166, has individual title page with imprint: London : Printed by James Cottrel, 1657
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry, Medicine
Pagination, Book I: [128] (the 1st blank), 19 [i.e. 37], [1] (blank) p. Book II: [16] (the last blank), 169, [1] (blank) p. Book III: [8] (the last blank), 226 [i.e. 254] p. Book IV: [6], 83, [1] (blank) p. Book V: [6], 145, [1] (blank) p. Book VI: [10] (the last blank), 55, [31] p. (last leaf blank)
Topics: Medicine, Rosicrucians
The initials E. K., which appear throughout the text, stand for Edward Kelly, Dee's associate
Topics: Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, 1552-1612, Stefan Batory, King of Poland, 1533-1586, Spiritualism,...
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by Thurneisser zum Thurn, Leonhard, 1530?-1596; Hille, Peter, d. 1574; Stürmer, Wolfgang, fl. 1543-1593; Poll, Absolon, 16th cent
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First German edition. First Latin ed. published by Hentzske the same year. Cf. Nissen
Topics: Medicinal plants, Botany, Medical, Materia medica, Vegetable, Umbelliferae
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by Ashmole, Elias, 1617-1692; Everard, John, 1575?-1650?
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Marginal notes by John Everard; see p. [5]
Topic: Alchemy
The French translation of The ancient war of the knights, as well as the authorship of A dialogue between Eudoxus and Pyrophilus and of A letter to the true disciples of Hermes, are attributed to Saint-Didier; see Hogart, BM. All three are here translated into English from Le triomphe hermétique (Amsterdam : H. Wetstein, 1689 and 1699). Uralter Ritter-Krieg, the German original of the Ancient war of the knights, appeared at Leipzig, 1604
Topics: Uralter Ritter-Krieg, Alchemy
Title on leaf [10] recto. Leaf [1] recto has title for introd.: Introductorium magne artis generalis reuerendissumi doctoris illuminati magistri Raymundi Lullij ad omnes scientias vtilissimum
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Topics: Philosophy, Medieval, Theology, Numerology
Published anonymously. Author's name appears in later ed., published: London : W. Tait, 1918
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Topics: Alchemy, Occultism
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by Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654; Buna, C., 17th cent
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422 letters on various topics from the period 1643-1649 between Andreä, and Rudolf August, Anton Ulrich, and Ferdinand Albrecht, Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg, as well as some others
Topics: Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654, Rudolf August, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 1627-1704,...
The author of the Summa, Pseudo-Geber (not to be confused with Geber (Jabir ibn Hayyan)) was in all probability Paul of Taranto
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry
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by Salmon, William, 1644-1713; Fabre, Pierre-Jean, d. ca. 1650; A. and J. Churchill (Booksellers : London, England); Nicholson, John, d. ca. 1717
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Pages 225-300 lacking in pagination
Topics: Art, Portrait painting, Medicine, Palmistry, Alchemy
"Although the second part of this work had been printed in 1719 and again in 1729, the first edition was first published in 1735 by J. Phil. Helwig of Homburg vor der Höhe. This is a reprint of that first edition"--Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Magic, Cabala, Theology
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Section 2 has special t.p
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
T.p. in red and black
Topic: Alchemy
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Pref., dedication, and author's statement on p. 107 bear dates in Jan., 1564, the year of the 1st ed. 3rd ed. appeared in 1591. See Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Cabala, Magic
The present publication represents part of a work not published in full until 1735. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Alchemy, Magic, Cabala, Theology
In 5 parts and 4 addition sections, each with special t.p
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
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Signatures: A B-I K
Topic: Rosicrucians
The compilation Aureum vellus, including works by Trimosin and others, was first published in 1598 (Tractatus I-III) and 1604 (Tractatus IV-V); cf. Sudhoff. The present work is a reissue of a 1602 French translation (with additions by the translator) of the 1st part of Tractatus III, entitled Splendor solis; cf. Hogart. Some copies, otherwise identical, have the date 1613; cf. Brunet, NUC
Topic: Alchemy
By Arthur Dee. Published in Latin at Basle, 1629. Translated into English by Elias Ashmole under the anagram of James Hasolle. See Hogart
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Topic: Alchemy
Library's copy inscribed in brown ink on t.p.: Walter Granger
Topics: Christian life, Mysticism
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by Ashmole, Elias, 1617-1692; Cross, Thomas, fl. 1632-1682; Vaughan, Robert, 17th cent; Goddard, John, fl. 1645-1671
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No more published
Topic: Alchemy
Actual publication date 1651; see BM, ESTC
Topic: Alchemy
Apart from those by Basil Valentine, the texts are German versions of Latin texts published in Musaeum hermeticum (1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Library has v.1
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Each treatise has special t.p. All are dated 1683 except the last, The tomb of Semiramis, which is dated 1684 like the main t.p. The first treatise also has an added t.p. in Latin, and text in English and Latin on opposite pages
Topic: Alchemy
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Includes 4 engraved plates depicting alchemical apparatus
Topics: Antimony, Antimony, Alchemy
The 2nd ed., the 1st having appeared the preceding year. See Hogart
Topics: Pharmacy, Therapeutics, Signatures (Medicine)
The authorship was attributed to Barrett as early as 1824, but is not certain. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Alchemists, Alchemy, Alchemy
Tomus 1 of Medicina catholica published: Francofurti : Typis Caspari Rötelii : Impensis Wilhelmi Fitzeri, 1629
Topics: Harvey, William, 1578-1657, Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637, Medicine, Diseases, Pulse
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by Cooper, William, fl. 1668-1688; Helvetius, Johann Friedrich, d. 1709. Vitulus aureus, quem mundus adorat & orat. English; Glauber, Johann Rudolf, 1604-1670. Novum lumen chimicum. English
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In contrast to the 1673 ed., the present ed. includes a 2nd and 3rd pt. to the Catalogue of chymical books, together with an errata list for the 1st pt. (p. [14], last sequence of pagination) and a general t.p. for all 3 pts. The imprint on this general t.p. reads: Collected by Will. Cooper, Bookseller ... London, Printed in the year 1675. See BM
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemy, Chemistry
Frontispiece is engraved port. of author, signed in the plate: T. Cross Sculpsit. Also, woodcut diagrams, including author's horoscope at p. 98
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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by Croll, Oswald, ca. 1560-1609; Pinnell, Henry; Paracelsus, 1493-1541
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Signatures: A a B-O P 2A-2D 2E (Leaves A3,5 signed A2,4)
Topics: Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Philosophy, Medieval, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Signatures: A (a)-(c) d B-E
Topic: Rosicrucians
By E.F. Villain; see Hogart
Topics: Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418, Flamel, Pernelle, Alchemists, Alchemy
Medicina diastatica originally published in Latin (Jena, 1629)
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
The t.p. may imply that the author, otherwise anonymous, is represented by the coat of arms in plate 1. However, the dedication to Johann Remmelin (1583-1632) is signed "Stephan Michelspacher aus Tiroll," and the Brit. Mus. catalog has Michelspacher as author
Topic: Alchemy
Errata, p. 124
Topic: Alchemy
The 1st publication of this work. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
Vols. 1-2 paged continuously
Topics: Heydon, John, b. 1629, Rosicrucians, Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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by Barchusen, Johann Conrad, 1666-1723; Barchusen, Johann Conrad, 1666-1723. Pyrosophia
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Previously published: Joannis Conradi Barchusen Pyrosophia ... Lugduni Batavorum : Impensis Cornelii Boutestein, 1698
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry, Materia medica
Two related issues appeared in the same year, both printed by Günther in Leipzig. The first has publisher statement: Auff Kosten des Autoris, bey Johann Bielcke, Buchführern in Jena. The imprint of the second is Amsterdam & Danzig, with the author and Bielcke as publishers
Topics: Glass manufacture, Precious stones, Artificial, Precious stones
"Commentatio de pharmaco catholico ..." (2nd and 3rd sequences of pagination) by Monte-Snyder; cf. Yale, Alchemy
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by Berthelot, M. (Marcellin), 1827-1907
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Alchemy
Printer's name from colophon
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
Engraved allegorical frontispiece signed in the plate: W.F. [i.e. William Faithorne]
Topic: Alchemy
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by Bernard, of Trevisan; Tancke, Joachim, 1557-1609; Horn, Caspar, 1583-1653; Beyer, Albertus; Alanus, de Insulis, d. 1202
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Engraved frontispiece has 4 allegorical images
Topic: Alchemy
Library's copy rebound; spine title: Alchemy and the alchemists
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemists
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First published 1669 under title: Actorum laboratorii chymici monacensis. Published 1703 under title: Physica subterranea
Topics: Phlogiston, Alchemy
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Leaves printed on both sides. Verso of leaf lxiiii is blank
Topic: Alchemy
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by Merian, Matthaeus, 1593-1650, engraver; Grossschedel von Aicha, Johann Baptist, author; Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601, printer
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Three sheets joined on linen mount
Topics: Alchemy, Zodiac, Magic
Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic
Hebrew at head of title
Topics: Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism
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Translator's dedication, p. [3], signed: Edvvard Stephens
Topics: Alchemy, Fire, Salt
Plate [1] is frontispiece. Plates i-v (folded) are symbolic representations accompanied by verbal explanations. Plate i signed: Fritzsch sculpt. Hamburg
Topic: Alchemy
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Colophon: Getruckt zu Franckfurt am Mayn bey Niclas Hoffman, in Verlegung der Paltheniorum in Franckfurt, 1603
Topic: Alchemy
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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by Rosencreutz, Christian; Foxcroft, E
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Die chymische Hochzeit first appeared in 1616; see Hogart
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Topic: Rosicrucians
Translator's preface signed: G.C
Topics: Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316, Alchemy
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Alchemy, Materia medica
Eugenius Philalethes is the pseudonym of Thomas Vaughan
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy
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by Jabir ibn Hayyan; Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294. Speculum alchemiae; Hermes, Trismegistus. Tabul smaragdina; Hortulanus. Commentarius in Tabulam Smaragdinam Hermetis Trismegisti; Khalid ibn Yazid al-Umawi, 7th cent. Liber secretorum alchemiae; Polydorus, Chrysogonus; Richardus, Anglicus, d. 1252. Correctorium alchemiae
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Edited by Chrysogonus Polydorus
Topic: Alchemy
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by Basilius Valentinus; Basilius Valentinus. Aureliae occultae philosophorum partes duae; Nuisement, Clovis Hesteau, sieur de. Poeme philosophic sur l'azoth des philosophes; Gobille, Jean, fl. 1659-1690
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A resetting of the 1st French ed. of 1624. Basil Valentine's Douze clefs apparently first appeared as Practica cum XII clavibus in Michael Maier's Tripus aureus (Frankfurt, 1618). His Azoth first appeared as Aureliae occultae philosophorum partes duae in Caillet's Theatrum chemicum, 1613. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology